Columbus Day weekend on The Coast brings with it perfectly-fall festivals, outdoor events and scenic tours. Stroll cobblestone byways and enjoy special deals at the annual Columbus Day sidewalk sale on Bowen's Wharf where you'll find great deals on unique items from area shops; or laugh the weekend away at Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

Our picks for the weekend are below.

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Rogue Island Comedy Festival

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Where:
RAGGED ISLAND BREWING CO., JANE PICKENS THEATER, AND DIEGO'S BARRIO CANTINA
When:
OCTOBER 6TH - 9TH
Cost:
$30 + $2 PROCESSING FEE (ONLINE ONLY)

Laugh your way through Columbus Day weekend at Rogue Island Comedy Festival, the area's bi-annual comedy festival featuring four days of comedy shows on Thursday, October 6th - Sunday, October 9th.

Shows will take place at three locations this season: Ragged Island Brewing Co.Jane Pickens Theater, and Diego's Barrio Cantina.

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Broadway Street Fair

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Where:
Broadway, from Equality Park to Farewell Street
When:
Saturday, October 8th

After a three year hiatus—the Broadway Street Fair is back, October 8th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

This year's event will span across Broadway from Equality Park through Farewell Street, filled with local artists, live music, food, and more. 

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Broadway Street Fair

 

Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off

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Where:
Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses, 43 Kinnicutt Avenue
When:
OCTOBER 8TH
RAIN DATES:
OCTOBER 9TH OR 10TH

Looking for a perfect fall day? Mark your calendars for October 8th, a day filled with Giant pumpkins, food trucks, free corn mazes, family fun and more at Frerichs Farm in Warren for their annual Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off.

Oh, and by Giant pumpkins, we're talking B-I-G pumpkins, last year the winning pumpkin weighed in at 2201 lbs. What do you think the winning pumpkin will weigh this year?

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Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale

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Where:
Bowen's Wharf
When:
October 7 - 10
Cost:
Free

Walk around Bowen's Wharf for great deals on end-of-summer items and additions to your fall wardrobe from the shops along the waterfront.

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Bowen's Wharf

Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm

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Where:
Simmons Farm, 1942 W Main Road, Middletown
When:
Friday, October 8 & Saturday, October 9th
Cost:
$10 - $40

When nature calls (literally), head over to Simmons Farm in Middletown for a two-hour goat hike around the historic family-owned farm. Led by farmer Karla and her crew of adventurous, spirited goats, you'll get your own goat to walk on a leash along the designated trail. Stop along the way to feed your goat a treat and to take in stunning views of the preserved farmland, and conclude your journey with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Simmons Farm Goat Hike

 

2022 Amica Newport Marathon + Half Marathon

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Where:
Starts at Easton's Beach, Newport
When:
Saturday, October 9th

The Amica Newport Marathon was recently voted as having the "Best Half Marathon" and "Best Race Swag" in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine. The course is simply astounding: winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views, and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue.

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Amica Newport Marathon

 

Young Family Farm Fest

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Where:
Saturday & Sunday, October 8th & 9th
When:
Young Family Farm

The popular Young Family Farm Fall Fest is back and scheduled for Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Featuring a live band both days, food trucks with delicious food, pumpkin painting, Fall flower arrangements, hayrides, face painting and—new this year—Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin's!

Of course, you can pick-your-own apples and enjoy all of the fresh goodies, vegetables, and fruit that are sold at the Farm Stand. 

ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

 

Whether you prefer to toast to the season indoors, or get outside to feel the Autumn-infused ocean breeze, The Coast has just the thing.

Fireside Tours at Rail Explorers

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When: Through Early November
WhereRail Explorers USA

Enjoy pedal-powered ride along the Southern Circuit featuring small campfires to spread out around with Rail Explorers. Bring your own marshmallows to enjoy while you savor twilight across the Narragansett Bay.

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Fall at the Farm

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When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Where: Coggeshall Farm Museum

Fall at the Farm: the most wonderful time of the year.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Coggeshall Farm Museum with in-house historians and animals. Play historic games, race through a hay maze, leaf peep on the new nature trail, and make classic 18th-century cornhusk dolls. Also, enjoy special in-depth timed talks, or spend your time visiting the animals and enjoying the autumn air on the salt-marsh farm. For the kids, search for clues in the a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt; Clues & Candy, a trick-or-treat experience. 

Schedule of Events
All Hallows Eve 11:00 AM

The history of the classic fall celebration and the surprising origins of the jack-o-lantern!

Which Witch? 12:00 PM

Women have been both accused of and celebrated of being witches for millennia. Learn the origins of some of the classic symbols of witchcraft and explore the history of New England witches.

Oh, My Gourd! Pumpkins and Other Fall Foods 1:00 PM

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest by learning about the uses and history of all our favorite fall foods.

Potent Potions 2:00 PM

Many 18th-century medicine cabinets were filled with a blend of traditional herbal remedies, superstitious potions, and newfangled scientific medicines. Join museum interpreters for a talk on all the useful and not-so-useful cures that 18th-century farmers relied on.

Halloween at Coggeshall

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Harbor Cruises

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When: Through mid-October
Where: Newport Harbor
Admission: Prices vary

There's something intoxicating about a fall harbor cruise—when the water remains warm but the air is newly crisp. Help raise the sails on a legendary America's Cup yachtspot seals lounging off the coast on an education vessel, or sip a mimosa on an 80-foot, turn-of-the-century-style pilot schooner

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Escobar's Highland Farm Corn Maze

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When: September 2 - November 7, Fridays - Sundays
WhereEscobar's Highland Farm
Admission: $10 ages 12 and up, $8 children 5-11, free for children under 4 (cash only)

Get lost in the 8-acre corn maze at Escobar's Highland Farm. Not to worry, they'll rescue you if you get lost. 

Escobars Corn Maze

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Pick-your-own Experiences

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These fall months harvest the perfect opportunity for some of our favorite cozy-weather activities: pumpkin & apple picking, hayrides & corn mazes, and more. 

When you find your hands itching for some pick-your-own experiences, here's where you can head to.

PUMPKINS

SWEET BERRY FARM

When: Late September - October
Where: Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 

OLD STONE ORCHARD

When: September through mid-November
Where: 33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 

YOUNG FAMILY FARM

When: September - early November
Where: 260 W Main Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
 

PACHET BROOK TREE FARM

When: September & October
Where: 4484 Main Road, Tiverton
Hours: Weekends: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 

TRINITY CHURCH'S ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH

When: October 11th (tentative start date) - October 31st
Where: Queen Anne Square, Newport
Admission: Free 
 

QUONSET VIEW FARM

When: Opening: September 24th
Where: 895 Middle Road, Portsmouth RI
Hours: Saturday & Sundays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 

ESCOBAR'S HIGHLAND FARM

When: September - Early November
Where:133 Middle Road, Portsmouth 
Hours: Friday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - dusk. Last entry is one hour before dusk.

 

 

APPLES

SWEET BERRY FARM

When: Late August - early October
Where: Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 

OLD STONE ORCHARD

When: September through mid-November
Where: 33 Colebrook Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 

ROCKY BROOK ORCHARD

When: September - early November
Where: Rocky Brook Orchard, 997 Wapping Road, Middletown
Hours: Weekends, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 

YOUNG FAMILY FARM

When: September - early November
Where: 260 W Main Road, Little Compton
Hours: Thursday - Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Farmaesthetics Pop-up at Sweet Berry Farm

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When: Thursday - Saturdays
Where: Sweet Berry Farm, Middletown, RI

The natural and sustainable beauty brand, Farmaesthetics, will be hosting a pop-up shop at Sweet Berry Farm through the fall. Shop and swoon over the assortment of sustainable products and accessories, open weekly on Thursday - Saturdays through October. 

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Goat Hikes At Simmons Farm

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When: Dates vary
WhereSimmons Farm
Admission: $10 - $40

When nature calls (literally), head over to Simmons Farm in Middletown for a two-hour goat hike around the historic family-owned farm. Led by farmer Karla and her crew of adventurous, spirited goats, you'll get your own goat to walk on a leash along the designated trail. Stop along the way to feed your goat a treat and to take in stunning views of the preserved farmland, and conclude your journey with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Simmons Farm Goat Hike

 

When: Weekends through October
WherePachet Brook Tree Farm + Escobar's Highland Farm

Head to Pachet Brook Tree Farm, a 90-acre family-run farm in Tiverton, for a 30-minute hayride through the fields and woods decorated for the season, ending at the pumpkin patch. Hayrides are also offered at Escobar's Highland Farm in Middletown.

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